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The new alphabet helped literacy spread through Greece, and the Greek system became the basis for other alphabets, including the one used in English. indd 54 10/23/14 11:43 AM power and fame, he instead questioned the greater rights and wrongs of society, often speaking up for the underdog when no one else did. Socrates worked to broaden the role of philosophy. Making sense of the physical world wasn’t enough. Rather, he encouraged men to understand their inner thoughts and value systems. Although Socrates recorded none of his beliefs in writing, he is remembered through the records of his students, notably Plato, who lived from 428 to 348 BCE.

This means restorers have had to figure out where everything fits even before they can start putting it together again. They’re also trying to add as little new material as possible. Previous attempts at restoration actually harmed the structure, so now restorers are taking the time to do it right. indd 48 10/23/14 11:43 AM CHAPTER 5 IDEAS AND IDEALS P erhaps more than anything else, the Greeks are remembered for their deep thinking about life and the world. Whereas philosophers spoke of harmony and self-awareness, ordinary people prized physical fitness and competitiveness.

Rather than pursue Learning the ABCs The Mycenaean society used a form of writing called Linear B, which consisted of approximately 90 syllables that were combined to form words. By approximately 800 BCE, the Greeks had adopted a different system. They were in contact with the Phoenicians, who used an alphabet that was all consonants. The letters were strung together, and the reader or speaker had to remember which vowels went where. The Greeks took this language and made some modifications. The Phoenicians used some consonants the Greeks did not, so they borrowed those unneeded symbols and assigned them vowel sounds.

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